Blog Archive

What You Can Do About Chronic Dry Eye Nov 1st, 2019

Chronic dry eye is uncomfortable, often frustrating, and something many people wish they could cure at the snap of their fingers. The truth is, most people manage dry eye throughout their life, although a few long-term solutions may be helpful.  Dr. Jacob West, and the rest of us at West...

Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses Oct 1st, 2019

Perhaps you’re interested in contact lenses because they provide vision correction without affecting the way you look. Or, maybe you’re considering contacts because you don’t want the inconvenience of wearing glasses when exercising or playing sports. Whatever your reason for considering contact lenses, you’ve probably found conflicting information about the...

Here's What Your Optometrist Is Looking for During Your Eye Exam Sep 3rd, 2019

You should certainly schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you experience problems with your vision at any age. But if you’re over 40, you should get your eyes checked every 1-2 years. At West Vision in Tyler, Texas, Dr. Jacob West and his team are dedicated to providing...

Am I at Risk for Computer Vision Syndrome? Aug 2nd, 2019

When you take into consideration that over 70 million workers globally are at risk for computer vision syndrome and that 50-90% of computer users already have the condition, you might want to learn how to protect your eyes.  Here at West Vision, Dr. Jacob West and our team are dedicated...

The Harmful Effects of Rubbing Your Eyes Too Much Jul 3rd, 2019

We all rub our eyes. It’s often done subconsciously, combined with a yawn and stretch or after a restful night’s sleep. Even babies rub their eyes when they’re ready for a nap. On some levels, rubbing your eyes can be beneficial. Australia’s Vision Eye Institute has found that rubbing stimulates tear...

5 Tips for New Contact Lens Wearers Jun 1st, 2019

Congrats! You’ve joined the roughly 45 million people in the US who wear contact lenses. Although contacts are commonplace, according to the CDC, around 40%-90% of contact wearers don’t properly care for their lenses. As a new contact wearer, however, you have a chance to start off on the right...

Who is Most Likely to Suffer From Dry Eye? May 23rd, 2019

Dry eye syndrome is common among most adults and can get in the way of work or even leisure time with your family and friends. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to serious vision problems. Take the appropriate steps to maintain healthy eyes by alleviating discomfort from dryness. Dr....

What Are the Warning Signs for Keratoconus and How Can I Treat It? Apr 3rd, 2019

Keratoconus is a lesser-known disorder that can have great consequences on your eyes, specifically your corneas. Estimates of its occurrence range from 54 to 200 out of every 100,000 people. Dr. West at West Vision Care in Tyler, Texas, wants you to know more about this disorder, such as its...

Am I A Good Candidate For Scleral Lenses? Mar 1st, 2019

Contact lenses are a comfortable, easy way to live a glasses-free life. But not everyone is able to enjoy the ease of contacts, soft or gas permeable. Due to conditions that make contacts uncomfortable and, in some cases, impossible to wear, some men and women had to give up their...

Understanding the 3 Types of Pink Eye and How to Treat Them Feb 4th, 2019

The conjunctiva is a thin, clear tissue that covers the surface of your eye, as well as the inside of your eyelids. When it becomes red and inflamed, you’ve likely developed conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Depending on what caused your pink eye, it can be highly contagious. In...

How Do I Know if I am Suffering From an Eye Emergency? Jan 9th, 2019

No one likes have something in their eye. Anything that messes with your vision is frightening, since people primarily rely on their eyesight for important sensory details. Some eyes concerns are scary. We at West Vision urge you to take action when you notice concerning symptoms, like throbbing or burning...

Why Some Patients Are Hard-to-Fit For Contact Lenses And How We Have You Covered Dec 7th, 2018

An estimated 140 million people globally are wearing contact lenses to correct their vision. It’s no wonder they are so popular: Contact lenses are a highly convenient solution to vision correction. If you enjoy playing sports, you don’t need to worry about glasses getting in the way of your active...

10 Tips for Combating Computer Vision Syndrome Nov 14th, 2018

Computer vision syndrome — also known as digital eye strain — can be caused by many things, including improper lighting, poor posture, and uncorrected vision problems. Untreated, it can disrupt your work with eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches. Often, you have more than...

How to Prevent Eye Infections from Contact Lenses Oct 16th, 2018

You love your contacts and would never go back to wearing glasses. But wearing contacts requires taking a few extra steps each day to avoid painful eye infections. While wearing contacts, you’re actually more vulnerable to a number of different eye infections, including an infection of your cornea called keratitis,...

Don't Lose the Shades: Why Sunglasses Should be Worn Year Round Sep 27th, 2018

Just like wearing white was once taboo after Labor Day, so too was there a stigma that reserved sunglasses for summer months. That’s no longer the case with shades, but the reasons have less to do with style and everything to do with protecting your vision. Virtually everyone knows of...

Got 20/20 Vision? Why You Still Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam Aug 27th, 2018

While eyes may be the window to your soul, they also present a singular view into your body and, in particular, a look at blood vessels that’s more direct and clear than anywhere else on your body. Beyond evaluating your vision, a comprehensive eye exam can reveal other health issues,...